Walker memorial marker placed at Nature Park

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EHS Class of 1977 invests in tribute to late mayor

By Marty Finley

A memorial dedicated to former Mayor Tim Walker by his high school classmates has found a home.

The plaque commemorating Walker’s life from Elizabethtown High School’s 1977 graduating class has been placed at the Elizabethtown Nature Park on Ring Road.

The marker, mounted on a rock slab, was installed on the elevated platform near the pavilion in front of a flag pole featuring the U.S., Kentucky and Elizabethtown flags.

Members of Walker’s graduating class brainstormed the idea for a memorial and reached out to other classmates to pay for the endeavor. The past few months have been spent on site selection and acquisition of the monument, which was developed by Preferred Memorials.

Councilman Ron Thomas worked with Walker’s classmates to find the ideal spot inside the park, consulting with his daughter, Randi Walker Jones, on placement.

The original location was a patch of grass in the park’s traffic circle, but Thomas said the site later was deemed inappropriate because it is a ground-level monument — meaning it would be virtually invisible inside the circle.

“It’s very nice,” Thomas said. “It’s ground level. “(It’s) very prominent and a fitting place to be.”

Thomas gave credit to the class for stepping up and honoring their friend in such a manner.

Mayor Edna Berger said the city was more than happy to accommodate the memorial at the park. Walker was so beloved in the city and county that “people are wanting to pay tribute to him,” Berger said.

“Any memorial to Tim Walker is well deserved,” Berger said. “As you know, we all loved him.”

Thomas said he hopes the memorial is something Walker’s family and friends can take comfort in moving forward.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.